St. Peter was in a good mood this years Easter Sunday and the Easter Bunny and his guests were blessed with great weather and sunshine. Young and old met on Easter noon for a brunch and egg hunt at De Anza Park in Sunnyvale. People met their Swiss friends living in the bay area and raised their Champagne glasses to the nice old custom while the children played on the lawn and enjoyed themselves on the huge playground.
A delicious smell filled the air and soon the guests sat down at the lovely decorated tables with snacks ready to be enjoyed. Frank Siegenthaler and his crew regaled us once more with a terrific Egg Benedict. Each year I wonder how he is able to prepare such a great sauce Hollandaise in this quantity. The youngsters where delighted to find Hot Dogs and, in honor of the Easter Bunny, fresh carrots to nosh.
After cake and coffee provided by the guests finally the eagerly awaited big moment. A white bunny with fluffy ears led the coltish kids with shining eyes and jumping for joy to the lawn to play "Duck and Goose". It was fun to watch and an opportunity for the parents to shoot some nice snapshots. Of course the bunny had a plan. He was distracting the children while his helpers hid the Easter eggs. It was the absolute highlight for all the kids to search for their Easter present after the games, a bag with toys and sweets and ... hard cooked … colored eggs. Then the dad's help was required and many men struggled with the kites that didn't want to fly. Was it the missing tape? the lack of wind? too much wind? Never mind it was quality time well spent.
The traditional "Eiertütschete" closed the day. Fascinated by the red eggs with the distinctive Swiss Cross I had no clue that Moni Ryser was offering me a special treat. I found it amusing that she seemed to hit my egg with significantly stronger forces than required, and SPLASH, egg everywhere … raw egg ! The nice part about this gluey surprise was a bottle of Champagne for the lucky one … and a day later a call from Walter Gyger, the PSC president, with an invitation to write this retrospection.